Inside the Studio

A little about myself:
Hi, my name is Caspell,I am the Cartoonist and Creator of the Comic Strips -MilkyWay USA © ,Fresh Brewed © and Bluntz and Bongwater ©.  Over the years my Clients have run the gamut from – Comic Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Apparel, Advertisements, Websites, to Big Signs on Little Buildings... While developing MilkyWay USA for Syndication in 2005, United Media passed on it. In 2008, I decided to revamp all my comics and work them up for the Web. So after going thru hundreds and hundreds of Comic Strips, Drawings and every sketchbook in the studio, I am slowly getting them posted at the website! Back in 1998, I had a camera mounted above my Drawing Board... As an added FEATURE to reading the Comic's, I wanted to give EVERYONE an in - depth view INSIDE the creative process... A chance to watch as the Comic Strip goes from Idea to the final product... Today, it has changed a bit, I pencil and Ink EVERYTHING at the drawing board and digital for the rest.  At times you will get me in the studio, at the drawing board or on the computer screen depending on where I am at in my day. Feel free to drop me a line in the chatroom. Although I am not always available to chat I will try my best to answer all of your questions. In the future I will record some demonstrations and tutorials. So don't forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed to keep updated with the WebComic Screencast, Webcomics, Weblog, As well as GIVE-AWAYS and CONTESTS for ORIGINAL ART, SPECIAL EVENTS... CONVENTIONS and SIGNINGS! PLEASE READ the COMICS!  

Inside the Studio:

Some Cartoonists have a collection of things from books, knick - knacks, toys , music, etc... They also line their studios with said collections. My collection started around Junior High School, Always a fan of music. At this time I was into The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Van Halen, and Kiss. There were other bands and styles of music I listened to, but these were my Main guys. So as a kid my cousin turned me and my little brother on to the band Kiss, as his interest in them was slowly fading ... Ours was starting up like a freight train.. My cousin was always a step ahead of us when it came to cool stuff. Anyway, they became a passion of mine musically and collectively. So now I am creeping into my middle 40's and my Studio STILL looks like a 14 year old's basement. KISS EVERYWHERE!!! I have seen them 5 times throughout the years and in different incarnations, I LOVE KISS! I have Kiss Days, Kiss Birthday's, KissMas, Kiss toys, books, M&M's, Kiss Potato Heads, Picture Disc's, Comic Books, Autographs, Guitar Picks, Wine and tons of other things, as well as ... The MUSIC. Throughout all this I HAVE figured out one thing...I LOVE KISS! So if ya got any KISS stuff ya wanna donate?

What tools I use to make the comics:

Paper and Sketchbooks-Strathmore Bristol- 5x17, 24 sheets, 100 lbs. Smooth finishFIREWORX Colored Multi-Use Paper, 8.5 X 11", 67 LB Bristol, Dynamite White- This is the paper I use for my Sketch Cards.To Pencil the Comics-Staedtler 925 0.5mm/0.7mm -  Mechanical Drafting Pencils.Pentel Refill Lead 0.5 mm/ 0.7mm - Red and Blue refill Lead. I buy em by the dozen tubes.Pentel Knead-able Erasers -  Faber-Castell- Knetgummi Art Eraser. Using the colored lead means, I don't have to erase as much.Ames Lettering Guide- To letter my comics.To Ink the Comics-
Zebra Comic Pen Nib - G ModelTachikawa Comic Pen Nib Holder for Various Pen Nib - Model 25Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks- For my dip pens or when I need to fill large areas of black with a brush.Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph H.R.S. Sets- The Rapidograph Humidified Revolving Selector prevents ink from drying in pen points. Each set includes 3 pen holders, a bottle of ink, a bottle of pen cleaner, a board clamp, nib keys and a cap for each point. Set Of 7 Points — Sizes 000, 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4.Rotring Art Pen- Fine and Extra Fine tipSakura Pigma Micron Pen- Pen Size 005 = Point Size 0.20 mm Pen Size 01 = Point Size 0.25 mm Pen Size 02 = Point Size 0.30 mm Pen Size 03 = Point Size 0.35 mmKoh-I-Noor Rapidograph Ultradraw Waterproof Ink- For use in ALL my Technical Pens.


The Machine and under the Hood:

 Dell Inspiron 1545 - Jet Black, 15.6 High Definition Widescreen Display.
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6400 (2.0 GHZ, 2 MB cache, 800MHZ FSB)
4 GB memory / 320 GB Hard Drive/ Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD. with Window Vista Home Premium (64bit)

When Working Digital -

Wacom Intuos 4- Small Digital Graphics Tablet. With the help of this fantastic software.
Adobe Photoshop CS5-  For ALL other Graphic Work.

Corel Painter XII - Clean-up and all the Coloring of the comics. 

The Broadcast:

The Camera mounted above my drawing table is a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920. It broadcasts in Full HD 1080p video/Widescreen in 720p. The best camera I have ever used for my webcasts.

To broadcast my screen cast, I use ManyCam software (It is freeware and is available for Windows and Mac).

With the help of the website I am able to chat with all of you and bring my video right to your computers.